Taunton Population 2021

The population of Taunton is 60,479. This data is from the 2011 census, and will be updated after the 2021 census results are published.

It is the third largest town in Somerset, after Bath and Weston-Super-Mare.

Taunton population growth

There have been settlements in the Taunton area since at least Roman times. The town was given its charter in 904 AD.

By the time the Domesday Book was published in 1086 the population of Taunton was around 1,500 people. [https://localhistories.org/a-history-of-taunton]

Census data for the wider Taunton Deane area, which includes Wellington, another nearby town, is listed below:

YearPopulation
180133,139
185151,844
190153,759
191155,666
192156,161
193156,661
194162,745
195169,492
196175,320
197181,639
198184,795
199195,791
2001102,304
2011110,546
Taunton Deane Population by Census Year

Taunton demographics

The table below shows ethnicity data for the Somerset West and Taunton District and is from the 2011 census.

Ethnic GroupPercentage
White98%
Non-White2%

The table below shows data on religion for the same period:

ReligionPercentage
Christian62%
No religion28%
Religion not stated8%
All other2%

Overall this data shows that Taunton and its surrounding regions are considerably less diverse in terms of ethnicity and religion than the country as a whole.

Where is Taunton located

Taunton is located in Somerset and sits on the banks of the River Tone. Major towns nearby are Bridgwater, Yeovil, Weston-Super-Mare and Bath. Taunton is on the M5 motorway, roughly mid-way between the cities of Bristol and Exeter.

Taunton is also the county town of Somerset, and its administrative centre. It is also the administrative centre for the Somerset West and Taunton local government district, which was established in 2019 after the merger ofTaunton Deane and West Somerset local councils.

In 1685 the Duke of Monmouth crowned himself King of England in Taunton, shortly before his comprehensive defeat at the Battle of Sedgemoor.

More recently, Taunton is known as the home of Somerset County Cricket Club, 40 Commando from the Royal Marines, Musgrove Park Hospital and the UK Hydrographic Office.

Sources and further reading

Unless otherwise noted, data is from the Office of National Statistics.